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Acronym for "God Damn Independent," often used in a derogatory way to refer to a college student who chooses not to join any sorority or fraternity.

Seems to be used in a derogatory way the most by people affiliated with the 'Greek' system because they do not realize that 'independent' really isn't even an insult. Typical brainless, follow-the-crowd, frat people. Damn, frats and sororities are like cults. People go in fine and come out brainwashed, dumb, and/or slutty. IF they ever come out.
Vic: What's your title?

Sam: What?

Vic: You know, what frat are you in?

Sam: Oh, I'm a GDI.

Vic: Wow, I really think you should go Greek.

Sam: You know, they're not even really Greek. They just jacked the Greek letters and twisted them to use in their half-assed, drunk-partying organizations. I only rushed for the free food. You'd have to pay me to join one.

Vic: Why don't you join?

Sam: Um, it costs money I can't afford to waste, I can make friends on my own time, I don't really want to be saddled with people I don't like, I don't like to do pointless shit, and I don't like how they always call each other 'big' and 'little.' It's hella annoying. Oh, and I don't really like to conform.

Vic: What's 'conform?'

Sam: *sigh*
by Lemonwater December 07, 2010
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"God Damn Independent"; A college student with the right mind to retain their dignity, individuality, and money by turning away the offers of the Greek system.
Yeah, I was pledging a frat, and I quit after being told constantly that I was "not an individual anymore". Plus, it was more work on top of my schoolwork. What a waste of time. Going back to being a GDI was the best decision I ever made.
by Jason G. June 25, 2005
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Essentially indicates that there is nothing for which Greek people cannot come up with a particular label.

Fabulous at being apparently unable to handle ambiguity or individuality of any variety, the term GDI is a universal label applied to all college students who choose not to participate in the Greek system.

Whether the apparent obsession with labeling everything belies rampant intellectual laziness, extreme insecurity expressed in a fear of what is "different" from a certain perspective, or both is an open question.

Either way, the same mentality extends beyond the categorization of the college social structure to brand names (are you a Chanel girl? an Abercrombie man? an Alpha-Delta-Zeta or a Kappa-Gamma-Blamma?), and beyond that to even more insidious forms of labeling, such as racism.

However, it all likely comes down to extreme insecurity being expressed in one particular way; label everything, achieve nothing, derive self-esteem instead from trying to look down upon anyone whom you define as an A instead of an B.
What's your label?

Huh?

I mean, what Sorority are you in?

None, I'm a human, an individual one even

No you're a GDI
by Alpha-Delta-Delta November 21, 2009
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A GDI is pretty much everyone who wrote a whiney bitch definition of fraternity.
GDI: Since I didnt get a bid from a fraternity because im fucking lame, I'll go be a bitch about it on urban dictionary.
by Sigma Nu Until I Die November 07, 2010
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Shorthand version of the Global Defense Initiative, one of two factions in the Command & Conquer series of games.(Generally regarded as "the good guys".)
The GDI has Mammoth Tanks, while Nod has Stealth Tanks.
by Joseph D. Collins May 01, 2005
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A person who doesn't join a frat because they actually have morals. This person has more intelligence and common sense than any person who has ever joined a frat. They don't pay for fake friends but instead develop positive social skills and make real friends. They don't take shortcuts in life by cheating on tests and actually go to college to learn. Frat losers call these people nerds because they are jealous of how smart and individualistic they are. A GDI actually cares about the feelings of others and understands that life revolves around people other than themselves. They make college campuses a better place and give a better name to their school's reputation. If everyone was a GDI in life, the world would be a nearly perfect place.
Frat Douche: " So how does it feel to be a GDI haha? BTW I am laughing because my frat bro leader told me I'd be cool to him if I did this hahaa. I'm so stuck up and cool cause I am in a frat"
GDI: I actually feel like a real person and not some fake insecure frat douche who can't make decisions for himself".
FD: "But youre a GDI. It stands for something bad like um... Sorry I drank 40 beers yesterday, got rushed to the hospital after falling down a flight of stairs and cant remember anything. I even forgot my name. I think my frat bros can help me remember that later though"
GDI: " You sound like a pathetic moron and total tool. GDI stands for "God Damn Intellectual" a term you frat losers say because you lack intelligence and wish you had some"
FD: Ya I'm a total tool and you are right that is what it stands for. I totally forgot, Im so drunk now. Can I barf on you cause I'm cool that way? I wish I had some intelligence!"
GDI: "No but you can go lock yourself in that outhouse all night and dunk your head in the toilet 500 times like your frat bros told you too."
FD:" Ok!That def. sounds cool! And ya i love my frat bros so of course i'll do it! You think I be cool if I did that? Cooler than you cause I cant think for myself?"
GDI: "Yeah you definetely will be..." (smirking with other awesome GDI next to him)
FD quickly runs to outhouse, shuts door.
GDI to Other GDI: "Some people never learn."
Other GDI: True dat! Lets grab some grub and watch the Packers game!
by GB623456789TRX September 06, 2011
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Stands for "God Damn Independent"; Used to describe college students who do not join a fraternity or sorority
Hey did you pledge anything?
-Nope, I'm a GDI
by jdar95 December 20, 2015
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